In 2008 I discovered a website called Ecotone, the national literary magazine of the same name from the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and the concept of "Writing About Place".
As I wrote earlier this month:
"The first "place" related piece I wrote was actually in May 2002, my 2nd ever blog post.
"Writing about Place" can be defined not just as about a physical location but about something that occurs there, about what you did there, even about issues related to the location.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be "places".
The "place" can even be a virtual landscape such as the "Blogosphere".
In that blog post, earlier this month, I celebrated my years of writing such pieces and announced a new category archive for the topic.
This was all brought about by something I received in my email, on New Year's Eve.
That email and where it led me is what this post is about.
The original Ecotone blog was short-lived and the original website is no more. I lost track of both years ago but, unknown to me, I was still on their contact list of emails.
Their message was as follows:
"All of us at Ecotone are sending best wishes for 2017—and we'd love to share a little news with you too. We're about to relaunch our occasional newsletter, and we'd love to send it your way. We'll have subscription specials, calls for work, news from our sister imprint, Lookout Books, and more."
I signed up for the newsletter and have begun to explore their websites to see what I have been missing all these years.